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April Fools International Travel News Roundup

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Dog as JesterPlenty of wacky, wild and unbelievable stories come out of the travel world all the time.

So on April Fool’s Day, here’s a set of stories that are decidedly wacky.

The April Fool’s catch: only one of the stories below is true!

Spirit Airlines to Charge $5 for Carry-on Bags

Spirit AirlinesNot to be outdone by Ryanair’s recent declaration that it may soon charge for toilet privileges, Spirit Airlines has announced that passengers must pay $5 for carry-on luggage. The bare-bones airlines, which sells tickets for as little as $9, relies on a la carte pricing to keep its prices low. However, this move, which will take effect for all tickets purchased on or after June 1, 2009 may push some travelers—already feeling the effects of airline nickel and diming—over to more inclusive airlines. For now, the charge will apply only to one carry-on bag, but not to purses or briefcases brought onboard.

Celia of the Seas to Set Sail from Port of Havana

Small Cruise ShipJust one day after the U.S. Senate introduced a bill to remove travel restrictions to Cuba, one cruise line has quietly repositioned a ship from Miami to the Port of Havana. According to reports, which did not name the cruise line outright but indicated that it is a foreign-flagged U.S. ship, the Celia of the Seas is catering to Cuban tourists, not American. It will start with short excursions to the Bahamas, Miami and back. Apparently the move was planned months ago when Raul Castro was named president. Prior to that, the cruise industry in Cuba plummeted after May 2005, when then-president Fidel Castro lashed out at cruise ships, calling them “floating hotels” that leave behind trash for “a few miserable cents.”

Snoozing Airline Employee Flies from NY to Boston in Baggage Hold

Jet Blue logoA JetBlue employee flew for free from New York to Boston on Saturday, but not because of his employment status. Instead, he was accidentally locked in the pressurized baggage hold while he was taking a nap. The panicked stowaway called JetBlue from the air to report his location, but gave baggage handlers a shock when he emerged along with the luggage at Logan International Airport. The 21-year-old employee wasn’t charged with any crime, and returned to New York the safe way.

Can you guess which of these stories is true and which isn’t?

Return later today for an update and answer.

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